Aerospace Engineer Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for aerospace engineers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 5,292 aerospace engineers currently employed in the United States.
  • 12.5% of all aerospace engineers are women, while only 82.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed aerospace engineer is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of aerospace engineers is White (71.0%), followed by Asian (12.3%) and Hispanic or Latino (10.3%).
  • The majority of aerospace engineers are located in AL, Huntsville and TX, Houston.
  • Aerospace engineers are paid an average annual salary of $90,514.
  • Aerospace engineers average starting salary is $66,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 98% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid aerospace engineers earn as much as $122,000 or more.
  • 8% of all aerospace engineers are LGBT.
  • Aerospace engineers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Aerospace Engineer Statistics By Gender

Among aerospace engineers, 12.5% of them are women compared to 82.7% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 82.7%
  • Female, 12.5%
  • Unknown, 4.8%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
82.7%
Female
12.5%
Unknown
4.8%

Gender Pay Gap For Aerospace Engineer

Women Earn 98¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$82,533
female-income
Female Income
$81,062

Aerospace Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the aerospace engineer position over time.

Male
Female
94%
91%
88%
86%
83%
80%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
88.90%
11.10%
2009
87.95%
12.05%
2010
87.95%
12.05%
2011
88.46%
11.54%
2012
87.82%
12.18%
2013
88.44%
11.56%
2014
87.71%
12.29%
2015
88.97%
11.03%
2016
89.70%
10.30%
2017
87.30%
12.70%
2018
85.91%
14.09%

Aerospace Engineer Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, machine tool designer and senior electronics design engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Domestic Engineer13%83%
Aerospace Engineer83%12%
Senior Field Service Engineer93%4%
Senior Electronics Design Engineer94%2%
Machine Tool Designer95%2%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Machine Tool Designer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
Aerospace Engineer
Domestic Engineer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Aerospace Engineer Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among aerospace engineers is White, which makes up 71.0% of all aerospace engineers. Comparatively, there are 12.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.3% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 71.0%
  • Asian, 12.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.3%
  • Black or African American, 3.3%
  • Unknown, 3.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.1%
Job Title
Aerospace Engineer RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
71.0%
Asian
12.3%
Hispanic or Latino
10.3%
Black or African American
3.3%
Unknown
3.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.1%

Aerospace Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among aerospace engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
73.07%
4.19%
11.12%
8.71%
2011
74.84%
3.94%
9.53%
9.73%
2012
74.50%
4.01%
11.38%
8.30%
2013
73.39%
4.34%
11.14%
8.94%
2014
72.60%
3.07%
12.84%
9.40%
2015
71.85%
3.23%
10.86%
11.26%
2016
73.24%
3.31%
8.86%
12.11%
2017
72.45%
3.33%
10.61%
10.29%
2018
71.00%
3.32%
12.30%
10.29%

Aerospace Engineer Wage Gap By Race

Hispanic or latino aerospace engineers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american aerospace engineers have the lowest average salary at $77,848.
$86,000
$84,000
$82,000
$80,000
$78,000
$76,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$80,658
White$83,225
Black or African American$77,848
Asian$82,773
Hispanic or Latino$84,482

Average Age of an Aerospace Engineer

We determined the average age of aerospace engineers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Unknown
35
White
46
41
Black or African American
54
40
Asian
46
38.5
Hispanic or Latino
43
40.5

Aerospace Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of aerospace engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of aerospace engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 61% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Aerospace Engineer YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
12%
30-40 years
27%
40+ years
61%

Types of Aerospace Engineer Degree Levels

The most common degree for aerospace engineers is bachelor's degree 72% of aerospace engineers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 17% and rounding it off is associate degree with 5%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 72%
  • Masters, 17%
  • Associate, 5%
  • Doctorate, 3%
  • Other Degrees, 3%
Job Title
Aerospace Engineer DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
72%
Masters
17%
Associate
5%
Doctorate
3%
Other Degrees
3%

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Aerospace Engineer Wage Gap By Education

Aerospace engineers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $104,414 annually. With a Masters degree, aerospace engineers earn a median annual income of $91,232 compared to $82,533 for aerospace engineers with an Bachelors degree.
$108,000
$103,000
$98,000
$93,000
$88,000
$83,000
$78,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Master's Degree$91,232
Bachelor's Degree$82,533
Doctorate Degree$104,414

Aerospace Engineer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ aerospace engineers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most aerospace engineers is the technology industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire aerospace engineers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
4%
50 - 100 employees
2%
100 - 500 employees
12%
500 - 1,000 employees
13%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
39%
> 10,000 employees
30%

The Types Of Companies Aerospace Engineer Work In

Employees with the aerospace engineer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most aerospace engineers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
11%
Public
31%
Private
53%
Government
5%

Top Industries Hiring Aerospace Engineers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ aerospace engineers. Those industries include technology, manufacturing and professional.

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Technology

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Professional

Education

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Technology
34%
Manufacturing
17%
Fortune 500
10%
Professional
7%
Education
5%
Transportation
4%
Government
3%
Construction
3%
Retail
2%
Automotive
2%
Start-up
2%
Hospitality
2%
Finance
1%
Non Profits
1%
Utilities
1%
Health Care
1%
Energy
1%
Internet
1%
Insurance
1%
Telecommunication
1%

Aerospace Engineer Turnover And Employment Statistics

Aerospace Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of aerospace engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate
YearascdescAerospace Engineer Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
3.43%
2011
3.46%
2012
2.81%
2013
1.87%
2014
2.31%
2015
1.79%
2016
1.68%
2017
2.34%
2018
1.42%

The Average Number of Years That Aerospace Engineer Stay in a Job

By looking over 1,075 aerospace engineers resumes, we figured out that the average aerospace engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 30%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
13%
1-2 years
30%
3-4 years
18%
5-7 years
19%
8-10 years
6%
11+ years
15%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Aerospace Engineers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to aerospace engineers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Senior Hardware Engineer3.53%
Head Electrical Engineer4.72%
Foundation Engineer5.29%
Operations Engineer6.59%
Value Engineer7.24%
Microsystems Engineer7.40%
Aerospace Engineer8.02%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Senior Hardware Engineer
3.53%
Head Electrical Engineer
4.72%
Foundation Engineer
5.29%
Operations Engineer
6.59%
Value Engineer
7.24%
Microsystems Engineer
7.40%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Aerospace Engineers

The most common foreign language among aerospace engineers is Spanish at 27.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 20.0% and Russian is the third-most popular at 7.5%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 27.5%
  • French, 20.0%
  • Russian, 7.5%
  • Portuguese, 5.0%
  • German, 5.0%
  • Other, 35.0%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
27.5%
French
20.0%
Russian
7.5%
Portuguese
5.0%
German
5.0%
Other
35.0%

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Aerospace Engineer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an aerospace engineer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of aerospace engineers is $132,247. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Aerospace Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where aerospace engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Aerospace Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 1,075 resumes, we found that the most popular places for aerospace engineers are AL, Huntsville and TX, Houston.

Number of Aerospace Engineers